Applicant Support

NOF Community Partners

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) has over 20 partner organizations supporting NOF applicants, grantees, and alumni.  These organizations work in Chicago's communities and provide assistance to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business ventures and enterprises.  From hosting NOF information sessions, presenting topically relevant workshops, to providing one-on-one applicant coaching sessions, these organizations are available and ready to support you.

List of Community Partners

One-on-One Applicant Coaching Sessions

The following organizations have one-on-one coaching sessions available to help you plan your NOF project and/or complete the application.  

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council By appointment only, contact for availability
Chatham Business Association (CBA) For CBA members only
Chicago Urban League Applicants should schedule appointments online
Far South Side CDC Applicants should call Crystal Birl at 773-941-4833 or email
Greater Englewood CDC Applicants should call to request an appointment. Sessions are approx 1 hour.
Greater Roseland Chamber Applicants should email to request an appointment.
Greater Southwest Development Corp Applicants should connect online or by phone to get started.  Appointments available for both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking applicants.
Little Village Chamber Appointments are available for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking applicants
Quad Communities Development Corp By appointment only, contact for availability
West Humboldt Park Development Corporation By appointment only, contact for availability
West Side Forward Request business counseling online
Organizations by subject-matter expertise

Application Workshops

Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Free workshops weekly on a variety of topics
Greater Englewood CDC Februrary 29, 2020, 10AM - Noon
Capital for Business

Other Resources

Organization Service How to Contact
Women's Business Development Center Offers business development counseling, workshops and classes, and access to capital for childcare businesses  Call Gabriella Bomben 312-853-3477 Extension #100 to request an appointment.
Forefront Library Offers assistance to non-profit organizations in researching grants. Contact or 312-578-0175 to request a free appointment. 
The Resurrection Project Offers financial education and coaching.  Call 312-880-1137 to request an appointment.
Ladder Up Offers financial education and coaching.  Call  312-409-1555 to request an appointment.